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A Rising NFL Star Helped Save a Young Man When He Needed It Most

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Drew Dickson, the founder of Albert Bridge Capital in London, recently revealed how one rising star in the NFL immensely impacted his family.

In a post on his “Drew’s Views” blog headlined “Stay in the Game,” he shared a personal story of how Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore had a profoundly positive impact on his son.

Dickson wrote that his son Max started to suffer from “personal demons” around 16 years old — which made life hard for him, Dickson and Dickson’s wife.

Max was extremely unhappy and suicidal.

“For three years my wife and I would wait on our front stoop until 5:00 am, in the shadow of the Albert Bridge, hoping that he would come home,” Dickson wrote. “On those nights that he didn’t, we would call the hospitals, and call the police. And sometimes the police would call us.”

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At 18, Max opted to move to Costa Rica. Dickson paid for his son’s flight but said Max would have to support himself living down there.

He did.

Although the suicidal thoughts came back for a time, they subsided when he found a dog “roaming the streets” of Santa Teresa, Dickson wrote.

He said the dog ate trash, had been abused and was afraid of humans. Max changed the dog, which he named Chica, for the better.

“Max, who by then was 19 years old, started to realize he had something to offer. Chica needed help, and Max was there to provide it,” Dickson wrote. “Max started doing adult things, like earning and saving money so that he could take Chica to the vet for check-ups and vaccinations.

“And Chica started getting healthy. And Max started getting healthy. I could hear it in his voice when he would call. There was an excitement about life and the future that I hadn’t heard since he was 14 years old. He was starting to get his groove back.”

Shortly thereafter, Max decided it was time to leave Costa Rica and settled on moving to Indianapolis because his grandparents and uncle lived there. Dickson and the rest of the family traveled out there to help Max settle into his new environment.

A few months into the family’s tenure in Indianapolis, Chica got hit by a car. Max was walking Chica, who chased a squirrel into the street. She was severely injured.

Then, Kenny Moore showed up.

“He opened his door, got out of his car, walked up to my son, and said, ‘Hey, I got you,'” Dickson recalled. “He then walked Max out to the middle of Indiana Avenue and they picked up a bloody Chica and loaded her into Kenny’s car.”

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Moore, a Georgia native who played at Valdosta State, had been cut by the New England Patriots after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and was hoping to catch on with the Colts at the time. (That worked out very well for him; he signed to a four-year, $30 million extension last week that made him one of the highest-paid slot corners in the league.)

Moore found the nearest veterinarian clinic and took Max and Chica there. The vet said the dog needed emergency surgery on her pelvis, which they would be unable to perform — so Moore took Max to a place which would do the procedure.

Chica recovered and got back to full health in six months, Dickson wrote.

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Moore and Max continued to stay in touch even after this happened. Last Thanksgiving, the cornerback even offered him tickets to the team’s game against the Houston Texans.

“This guy Kenny, I want to reach out and give him the biggest hug he ever got,” Dickson wrote. “I want to tell him that he is special. I want to thank him for saving Chica’s life. I want to thank him for saving my son’s.”

Moore saw the story on Twitter and offered his reaction Monday.

“I shedded a few reading this story,” he wrote. “Craziest day ever but glad everything worked out for Max and Chica! 1ove!” He added a praying hands emoji.

To this, Max Dickson wrote back, “I appreciate you Kenny, you helped me that tough day and I’ll never forget it.”

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Tom is a freelance writer from Massachusetts' South Shore. He covers sports, culture and politics and has written for The Washington Examiner, LifeZette and other outlets.
Tom is a freelance writer from Massachusetts' South Shore. He covers sports, culture and politics and has written for The Washington Examiner, LifeZette and other outlets.
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